By Corey Deiterman
A week or so back, Saturday Night Live announced on the show’s blog that it would be taking suggestions for future musical guests. Interactivity is always a good thing, but SNL may be showing its age with this idea. Old media has been trying to use the Internet to choose things for at least as long as the Internet has existed, and can anyone out there name one single time it’s worked out right?
Let me put it to you this way. Remember when Hungary asked the Internet after whom to name a new bridge? If they had agreed to honor the results of their online poll, there would be a bridge in Budapest named “Stephen Colbert Bridge.” Or how about when Justin Bieber asked his fans to vote online for what country his next tour should be in? Yeah…
So that said, SNL is going to learn a sour lesson either way by doing this when they find that Rebecca Black has been overwhelmingly chosen to be the next guest host and musical guest. But as long as they’re running it, let’s get in on this action as well, right?
We don’t endorse overwhelming them with scripts forcing the vote toward any one candidate, but here are 10 artists all our readers should consider using their one vote on.
Burzum, like many black metal bands, has never performed live, and don’t want to. But could they turn down an international debut on Saturday Night Live? They might have to perform via satellite, so as not to violate the terms of Varg’s parole, but it would be something to see.
9. Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult may be long, long past their prime, but what band has had a bigger impact on SNL history than BOC (excepting, perhaps, Haddaway)? It’s 2012 and SNL still needs more cowbell.
8. The Coathangers
These riot grrrls put on one hell of a live show and it would be interesting to see some real female punks on SNL for once, rather than , you know, Avril.
7. Devin Townsend
Skullet or no skullet, get Devin on there in a full on guitar showdown with Ziltoid the Omniscient and you’re at least guaranteed a memorable episode of SNL.
6. At the Drive-In
Since these guys got back together, they’ve mellowed out a bit. Still, if they managed to get on SNL who knows what could happen. Well, the above, possibly.
Rush has never performed on SNL before. Can you believe that? Maybe if we got them on there, it would convince the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame people to finally induct them as well.
We need this to happen. Why? Because A.) SLAYERRRRRRR; and B.) SLAYYYYERRRRR. I rest my case.
Of course, we had to include Fear on this list. The fact that they’re still going in 2012 is nothing short of amazing and it’s high time they got back on SNL to rectify their original punk-hysteria-induced banning. Besides, who else could get themselves banned for life from SNL and then come back?
2. Sinead O’Connor
Look at it this way. She probably wouldn’t get in much trouble these days. Not to mention how historic of a moment it would be if she somehow did return.
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